The first concert of the 1981-82 season of the San Francisco Chamber Music Society featured a performance of 20th century art songs by mezzo-soprano Stephanie Friedman, accompanied by a variety of San Francisco Bay Area musicians. Featured works included Edward Lawton’s “Medieval Triptych” a musical setting of 13th century texts; four poems by James Joyce as set to music by David Del Tredici; and three “Madegascan Songs” by Maurice Ravel with texts by the poet Évariste Parny. After an intermission the concert continued with five songs by Béla Bartók, using romantic verse by his very young lover Klára Gombossy and her friend Wanda Gleiman; a lengthy setting of a poem by Georg Trakl by Paul Hindemith; and concludes with two settings for piano, of poems by Pablo Neruda, by the pioneering American woman composer Vivian Fine. This concert was recorded live on October 26, 1981, at the Fireman’s Fund Forum in San Francisco by Steve Wolfe.
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